by Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C. Pastor
Monday after Epiphany
Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25
Capernaum, a cutthroat town, was Jesus’ choice to make his home.
So after His baptism and John’s beheading,
Jesus is looking to settle down.
He’s looking for a home.
But we know it’s not the kind of home
with four walls and an address.
He chose Capernaum, a harbor town, full of cutthroats,
people always looking for the best deals.
The place was mobbed with pagans.
Wouldn’t you think Bethlehem or Jerusalem
or one of those more religious towns would be much better?
No, not for Jesus.
Jesus chose Capernaum, a town full of darkness, sin and the world.
That teaches us something.
He knew that the people who lived there
were the hungriest of all people for Good News,
even though that was the farthest thing from their minds.
Think of some of the people we know
that Jesus is the farthest from their minds.
So he goes for the jugular.
His approach isn’t passive but very, very direct.
“Repent and believe in the Good News.”
Capernaum for Jesus was the perfect place f
or Him to settle, for Him to make his home;
sin, sickness, ignorance of God’s ways.
“The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,
on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by darkness,
light has arisen.
In a word, all the powers of darkness at work in us
is where Jesus is at His best.
One word describes him – Savior.
With the Lord not welcomed in our society, this gives us hope.
Isn’t it awesome that where we are at our worst, Jesus is at his best?
So, where is Capernaum in my life? In our parish? In our Church?